March 2018 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News



In September 2017, during DSEI, the International Defense Exhibition in London, the Company IAG (International Armored Group) based in United Arab Emirates has unveiled its Guardian Xtreme Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle in 4x4 and 6x6 configurations, a new evolution in the Guardian family of armoured vehicles developed, designed and manufactured by IAG.

Fort Riley (Kansas) is the historical home of the oldest unit of the U.S. Army, the “Big Red One”, as the 1st Infantry Division is nicknamed. The 1st Battalion, 5th Artillery Unit, is out testing their newest cannon weapon system: the M109A7 155mm self-propelled howitzer.

The Danish government (‘Venstre’ (the Liberal Party), the Liberal Alliance and the Conservatives) and the Social Democrats, the Danish People’s Party and the Social-Liberal Party have reached the agreement regarding the Danish Defence for the period 2018-2023. In view of the new security political situation, the Parties agree to increase the annual Danish defence budget by DKK 800 million (€108 million) from 2018 with an increased trend to DKK 4.8 billion (€644 million) by 2023.

On March 13-15 Vice Minister of National Defence of Lithuania Giedrimas Jeglinskas observed tests of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) in Bedford while on visit in the United Kingdom. Vice Minister also met with representatives of the UK Ministry of Defence and the Belgian Defense Directorate General for Material Resources and discussed challenges of adapting the JLTV for national needs and EU standards.

The British Defence Secretary has today announced a £3.7 million deal to equip the British Army’s next generation armoured vehicle with the latest in automated threat warning systems. Thales UK has signed a contract with General Dynamics Land Systems–UK for the installation of its Acusonic sensor, a vehicle-mounted acoustic shot detection system, on the £4.5 billion Ajax family of armoured fighting vehicles.

The U.S. Army has awarded Ceradyne, Inc., a 3M company, an additional $34 million to continue supplying its ballistic helmet of the future. The Integrated Head Protection System (IHPS) – which Popular Mechanics described as straight out of science fiction – uses advanced materials, an ultramodern design and add-on accessories to give soldiers greater comfort and advanced protection for modern missions. This brings Ceradyne’s total IHPS contract value to more than $52 million.

IEDs are known to represent a major threat to both vehicles and individuals, not only in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. Many of them are planted near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip. A mounted laser system has been successfully used to safely and remotely detonate one.

On March 16, 2018 at the IVECO factory in Sete Lagoas, Brazil, a delivery ceremony took place marking the reception of the 300th Guarani armored vehicle to the Brazilian army. This ceremony confirms the success of the Guarani program in terms of technological development and employment of Brazilians.

March 13, 2018, during DIMDEX 2018 the International Maritime Defense Exhibition & Conference in Qatar, one of the major defense meetings Nasser Al Naimi, Managing Director of Barzan Holdings and Stéphane Mayer, CEO of Nexter and co-CEO of KNDS are delighted to announce the signature of an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) between their two companies for a partnership around the procurement of VBCI 2 8x8 armoured vehicles for the Qatari armed forces (Al Rayyan program).

The Minister for Defence of Australia has announced March 14, 2018, the decision to select the German Company Rheinmetall with its Boxer CRV 8x8 armoured vehicle for the purchase of 211 new Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles for the Australian Defence Force. The 211 vehicles will provide improved safety to Australian soldiers on deployment and on exercises around the world. They will boost mobility and firepower on the battlefield in the decades ahead.

The radio-technical troops of the Belarussian armed forces will be equipped with Russian-made Podlet and Sopka-2M radars in the near future, Belarussian Defense Minister Lieutenant-General Andrey Ravkov said.

At DIMDEX 2018, the International Maritime Defense Exhibition & Conference in Qatar, Barzan Holdings presents a 8w8 armoured vehicle Nexter VBCI 2 fitted with a remotely operated turret Kongsberg Protector armed with one 30mm automatic cannon. This version of the VBCI 2 seem to be destined to the AMIRI Guard under the name Al Wajbah, according information written on the side of the vehicle.

On March 8, the Brazilian Army received the first four M109A5 self-propelled howitzers. The vehicles arrived at the Port of Paranaguá and were transported to the Regional Maintenance Park of the 5th Military Region, in Curitiba. The vehicles will be checked and assigned to the Self-propelled Campaign Artillery Groups.

Like China and the US, Russia has got operational laser weapons which can hit assigned targets, Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said in an interview with the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper. "We can talk a lot about laser weapons. Films were shot about them a long time ago and fantastic books were written, and everyone is aware of them. But the fact that these systems have become operational is indeed a new reality," Borisov said.

Raytheon, manufacturer of the Patriot missile systems for Romania, has sent a request to the Romanian company Aerostar Bacau in view of finding what components the local company could produce for the Patriot radar.

On Sunday 11 March, the Israeli Defense Ministry announced the approval of a major upgrade of the army’s ground forces. The announcement focused of the purchase of hundreds of Eitan armored fighting vehicles and the development of a new cannon. Time has come for the IDF to phase out its old M113 APCs and replace them with Eitan AFVs.

During AFED 2018, the defense exhibition that was held in Saudi Arabia in February 2018, the American Company General Dynamics has presented a new version of it 8x8 light armoured vehicle under the name of LAV-FSV (Light Armoured Vehicle-Fire Support Vehicle). The vehicle is based on a V-shaped hull to increase survivability against mine blast and IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) threats.

At DIMDEX 2018, the International Maritime Defense Exhibition & Conference in Qatar, the French Company Nexter Systems in collaboration with the local Company Barzan Holdings presents a new version of its VBCI 2 8x8 IFV  armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle under the name of Al Zubarah. The Company Barzan Holdings has been recently created by the Qatari Ministry of Defense to enhance military capabilities and investment in the defense industry.

According to the latest press release by UkrOboronProm, Ukrainian State Enterprises (DPs) Malyshev Plant and Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau (KMDB) are preparing to deliver a batch of T-84 Oplot "Fortress" main battle tanks (MBTs) for trials by the Ukrainian armed forces.

DSNA, Groupe ADP and Thales present HOLOGARDE a unique long-range solution for protecting sensitive sites from malicious drones. DSNA, Groupe ADP and Thales have decided to pool together their expertise for the development of the HOLOGARDE solution in response to this imminent need to protect sensitive sites, presenting it during the World Air Traffic Management Congress held in Madrid on March 7, 2018.

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